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White Sauce Lasagna
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Creamy Pasta with Cauliflower
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Cabbage and Noodles
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Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce
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Broccoli Pasta
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Italian Pasta Salad
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Vegetarian Mexican Lasagna
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Tri Color Pasta Salad
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Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
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Roma Tomato Sauce
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Parsley Parmesan Pasta
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Broccoli Spaghetti Pasta
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Creamy Celery and Egg Noodles Soup
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EASY Three Cheese Baked Ravioli
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Creamy Bok Choy Spaghetti
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Leftover Spaghetti Skillet
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Simple Pea Pasta
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No Boil Rotini Pasta With Plenty of Vegetables
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Betty Draper’s Swedish Meatballs Recipe
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Cheesy Taco Ground Beef Casserole

White Sauce Lasagna

This white sauce lasagna recipe is one of our favorite comfort foods. Lasagna noodles are layered with spaghetti sauce, cheese, and a rich creamy alfredo inspired sauce. Serve it alongside a simple kale salad and garlic bread for a comfort meal that’s perfect for any time of the year!

This white sauce lasagna recipe is one of our favorite comfort foods. Lasagna noodles are layered with spaghetti sauce, cheese, and a rich creamy alfredo inspired sauce. Serve it alongside a simple kale salad and garlic bread for a comfort meal that’s perfect for any time of the year!

I love having delicious, creamy pasta-based recipes for the holiday season because they’re so comforting and taste SO good. This one is fantastic and can be a make ahead meal, a great one for a dinner party or something you can prep for a weeknight after work.

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Creamy Pasta with Cauliflower

This recipe for pasta with cauliflower is a simple, satisfying dish! Rotini pasta noodles are tossed in a creamy parmesan cheese sauce with steamed cauliflower and lettuce. A quick, easy and delicious dinner that’s perfect for busy weeknights!

This recipe for pasta with cauliflower is a simple, satisfying dish! Rotini pasta noodles are tossed in a creamy parmesan cheese sauce with steamed cauliflower and lettuce. A quick, easy and delicious dinner that’s perfect for busy weeknights!

Pasta is my go-to meal choice around here these days, mainly because I know that my entire family will happily eat it any night of the week! Best of all, this meal is on the table in less than half an hour, and the delightfully creamy sauce is made with just a handful of ingredients! How can you go wrong with that?

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Cabbage and Noodles

POLISH CABBAGE AND NOODLES or commonly called Haluski is a quick, easy, comforting recipe to make! This recipe is an authentic Polish dish passed on to me by my Polish grandmother! Your family is going to love this traditional bowl of cabbage and noodles for dinner!

POLISH CABBAGE AND NOODLES or commonly called Haluski is a quick, easy, comforting recipe to make! This recipe is an authentic Polish dish passed on to me by my Polish grandmother! Your family is going to love this traditional bowl of cabbage and noodles for dinner!

The season for comfort foods is on the horizon. I can feel the cool weather coming soon and I’m prepared with a stack of cozy fall and winter recipes. This cabbage and noodles dish is total comfort food, but so simple and easy too! I absolutely love sautéed cabbage, especially when it’s combined with onions and carrots and tossed with buttery noodles. How can anyone resist that?

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Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce

ROASTED Cherry Tomato Sauce is sweet, creamy and SO EASY to make! This is the best recipe for growing garden tomatoes! You can serve immediately on pasta, can it or freeze it! Find out why thousands of people love this sauce!

ROASTED Cherry Tomato Sauce is sweet, creamy and SO EASY to make! This is the best recipe for growing garden tomatoes! You can serve immediately on pasta, can it or freeze it! Find out why thousands of people love this sauce!

My life has officially been taken over by tomatoes.   Is there anything else to talk about except tomatoes right now?    Tomato this, tomato that, do the tomato dance.

Do you know how many cherry tomatoes are in this big bowl below? 16 cups! And there’s a few plants that need to be picked… so double that or more.  And that’s just cherry tomatoes!

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Broccoli Pasta

Easy One Pot Broccoli Pasta recipe that the entire family is going to love!  It’s quick to make, you only need 15 minutes! This is a healthy simple dish made with olive oil and Parmesan cheese, only 248 calories a serving.

Easy One Pot Broccoli Pasta recipe that the entire family is going to love!  It's quick to make, you only need 15 minutes! This is a healthy simple dish made with olive oil and Parmesan cheese, only 248 calories a serving.

Quick Broccoli Pasta

This is a one pot meal that takes 15 minutes TOTAL to make.  That means that it’s a favorite of my family to eat on those busy weeknights where it feels like noone has enough time to make a healthy meal.  

The only cooking you’ll be doing is boiling the pasta.  Everything else is added into the pot at the very end.  In just 15 minutes, you’ll be serving a beautiful spaghetti meal to your family that looks like it took much longer!

High 5!

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Italian Pasta Salad

EASY Italian Pasta Salad recipe!  This vegetarian recipe uses Italian dressing, tri color pasta, fresh cherry tomatoes, celery and arugula! It’s the perfect garden Summer salad!

Best Pasta Salad for Summer

When it’s hot out all I crave is fresh vegetables.    That’s why this Italian Pasta Salad is one of my favorite meals in the Summer! 

When it’s hot out, I don’t want to think about turning our oven on.  I also don’t want to even think about drinking or eating anything hot, instead I like to rely on chilled recipes, like Chilled Strawberry Soup and this Pasta Salad!

That’s why my family loves this recipe during the Summer months!
EASY Italian Pasta Salad recipe!  This vegetarian recipe uses Italian dressing, tri color pasta, fresh cherry tomatoes, celery and arugula! It's the perfect garden Summer salad!

One thing that I do enjoy about the Summer is that it means fresh vegetables are being picked in the garden by the handful.  And because this recipe is bursting with fresh cherry tomatoes, arugula and celery – it’s a garden lovers dream recipe!   I get so excited when we start to fill our basket with garden tomatoes, that means we’ll making this pasta salad often! 

If you wanted to add some more Summer time vegetables, you could even chop up some onions or green peppers to throw into this salad!

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Vegetarian Mexican Lasagna

VEGETARIAN MEXICAN LASAGNA Bake is filled with vegetables, noodles, ricotta and mozzarella cheese! Taco seasoning gives it a delicious Mexican flavor! This healthy meal recipe is easy to make and can be prepared ahead of time for a quick weeknight meal, all you have to do is bake it!

Mexican Lasagna

Mexican food isn’t just about slow cooker tacos or taco casserole –  it’s also about lasagna! 

We are loving this dish right now in our house because it’s easy to make and filled with garden fresh veggies and comforting cheese.   Many times I’ll  prepare this lasagna earlier in the day so all I have to do is turn on the oven and throw it in when it’s dinner time.   Whenever I make this I text Matthew a photo of the lasagna and he’ll text back hearts and swoony faces.    

Back-to- school season is one of the busiest times of the year, and families are on the lookout for easy meals that deliver big on flavor.  This is a lasagna that the family will fall in love with.

Vegetarian Mexican Lasagna

This lasagna is filled with veggies that go perfect with the “Mexican” flavor.   Most vegetarian lasagna recipes use eggplant and zucchini but I don’t.  Why?  That’s easy.  We don’t grow those vegetables, hah.  Case closed.  

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Tri Color Pasta Salad

Easy recipe for the best tri color pasta salad!  This is the perfect Summer time salad that uses Italian dressing, fresh vegetables and rotini pasta! 

Tri Color Pasta Salad

 The great thing about pasta salad is once you have the basics of pasta, salad dressing, herbs – the vegetables are really up to you.  There needs some type of tomatoes (I prefer halved grape tomatoes).   There needs to be celery chopped up.   What else?  Well that’s up to you.  You can add carrots.  You can add onions.  You can add broccoli.  You can add chopped up cauliflower.  You can can add black olives (yum!).  

Tri Color Pasta Salad

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Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

Homemade mac and cheese recipe with creamy pumpkin pasta sauce is the best comfort food. It’s so easy to make! This cheesy pumpkin mac and cheese recipe uses 1 cup pumpkin purée and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese. It turns out so delicious, ultra creamy, and flavorful – my favorite homemade macaroni and cheese recipe for fall!

Homemade mac and cheese recipe with creamy pumpkin pasta sauce is the best comfort food. It’s so easy to make! This cheesy pumpkin mac and cheese recipe uses 1 cup pumpkin purée and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese. It turns out so delicious, ultra creamy, and flavorful - my favorite homemade macaroni and cheese recipe for fall!

I know some of you don’t want the summer to end, but I’d like for you to take my hand and enter into Fall’s journey.  It’s full of beautiful leaves, apple cider, chilly nights, cozy socks, ghosts and goblins, the color orange.

Oh pumpkin! Oh this recipe!

First, it was Pumpkin Brownies!  Then it was Pumpkin Chili. Now I’m pulling out the big guns… Macaroni and Cheese in creamy pumpkin pasta sauce!

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Roma Tomato Sauce

Roma Tomato Sauce recipe that requires no peeling or blanching! This is a easy creamy sauce that’s perfect for growing garden tomatoes! Serve on pasta, or use later by canning or freezing.

It’s August so you know what that means, right? Our tomato plants are giving us pounds of tomatoes to pick every day! Usually I collect the week’s tomatoes and spend hours in the kitchen on the weekend making sauces and stewed tomatoes.  And of course Fresh Tomato Salsa – what would be a August be without salsa?

Fresh Roma Tomatoes Cut Up For Sauce

My go to favorite tomato sauce is Cherry Tomato Sauce, but this year we only grew Roma tomatoes so I wanted to create a recipe that was 1) easy 2) delicious 3) let the roma tomato taste shine!    Let me introduce you to Roma Tomato Sauce!
Creamy Thick Roma Tomato Sauce

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Parsley Parmesan Pasta

Parsley Parmesan Pasta recipe that takes 15 minutes to make and costs less than $4.   Blend the parsley with other simple ingredients to make a nut free pesto sauce and then pour on top of pasta! Your entire family will like this fresh parsley pasta dinner.

Parsley Recipes

The answer to the question “What the heck do I make with a bunch of parsley” I was asking myself while standing in the kitchen is this recipe! 

You’ve been there.  You buy fresh parsley because you need 1 tablespoon for a recipe and then the rest sits in the refrigerator.  Well I’m here to help you out!  You want to make this Parsley Parmesan Pasta!

Parsley Parmesan Pasta recipe that takes 15 minutes to make and costs less than $4.   Blend the parsley with other simple ingredients to make a nut free pesto sauce and then pour on top of pasta! Your entire family will like this fresh parsley pasta dinner.

Meals Under $5

This delicious parsley pasta meal takes less than 15 minutes to make so it’s easy!  It’s also a budget friendly meal costing less than $4.00 total to make. 

And oh yeah, it’s delicious.  Like really really really delicious! 

Parsley Parmesan Pasta recipe that takes 15 minutes to make and costs less than $4.   Blend the parsley with other simple ingredients to make a nut free pesto sauce and then pour on top of pasta! Your entire family will like this fresh parsley pasta dinner.

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Broccoli Spaghetti Pasta

This Broccoli Spaghetti Pasta recipe is great because it’s easy, full of flavor and healthy with vegetables!

Did you guys like yesterday’s post full of beautiful heads of broccoli fresh from our rooftop? Then I guess you wouldn’t be surprised to see a broccoli recipe posted today!  

This Broccoli Spaghetti Pasta dish is great because it's quick, easy, fresh and full of flavor.

Broccoli Spaghetti Recipe

This Broccoli Spaghetti Pasta hits all the right spots for dinner.  It’s quick.  It’s easy.  It’s fresh.  It’s full of flavor.  Not only is there broccoli in here but we also add in our favorite sugar snap peas.  The peas aren’t cooked so they supply a nice crunch which screams Summer!  The broccoli is simmered in chicken broth and then it’s added to the pasta to just coat everything in flavor.   

This Broccoli Spaghetti Pasta dish is great because it's quick, easy, fresh and full of flavor.

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Creamy Celery and Egg Noodles Soup

Creamy CELERY and Egg Noodles Soup recipe! This easy vegetarian soup is filled with vegetables and served with egg noodles for a hearty, healthy dinner! You can even add chicken in it for more protein! It’s a simple and delicious way to eat your vegetables, even kids like it!  Whenever I ask myself “What should I do with a head of celery?” this soup is always the answer! 

We’ve had good success with growing celery in the garden for the first time this year.  With the end of garden season in sight I’m left with a few  beautiful heads of celery hanging out in my refrigerator.  This leads me to the question of the week “What should I make with lots of celery”?

Sure there’s the easy route of cutting celery up and dipping it in peanut butter for a delicious snack, but I wanted to throw my apron on and come up with something new for the celery.  It was the first day where it felt like Fall, the weather was crisp and chilly and so I was craving something warm.   Ta-da, Creamy Celery and Egg Noodles Soup was born!
Creamy CELERY and Egg Noodles Soup recipe! This easy vegetarian soup is filled with vegetables and served with egg noodles for a hearty, healthy dinner! You can even add chicken in it for more protein! It's a simple and delicious way to eat your vegetables, even kids like it!  Whenever I ask myself "What should I do with a head of celery?" this soup is always the answer! 

This soup is creamy, delicious and is filled with enough vegetables to make this a healthy comforting soup! This soup uses 1 whole pound of celery.  Most recipes call for just using the celery stalks but I wanted to use everything, so that’s what I did – celery stalks, leaves, everything!   The leaves have so much flavor (and scent!) to them that they deserve to be enjoyed too!
Creamy CELERY and Egg Noodles Soup recipe! This easy vegetarian soup is filled with vegetables and served with egg noodles for a hearty, healthy dinner! You can even add chicken in it for more protein! It's a simple and delicious way to eat your vegetables, even kids like it!  Whenever I ask myself "What should I do with a head of celery?" this soup is always the answer! 

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EASY Three Cheese Baked Ravioli

EASY Three Cheese Baked Ravioli is one of my family’s favorite meals!  This homemade recipe uses wonton wrappers for the ravioli to make it faster and is filled with ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese!  Instructions include how to make and bake immediately or freeze for frozen ravioli. 

Do you know what I love? Ravioli! Do you know what I really love? Homemade ravioli!  Do you know what I really really love? Crispy Baked Ravioli that is easy to make and filled with three types of cheese!  
EASY BAKED Three Cheese Ravioli is one of my family's favorite meals! This homemade recipe uses wonton wrappers for the ravioli to make it faster and is filled with ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese! Instructions include how to make and bake immediately or freeze for frozen ravioli.

Right now I don’t have the time to make homemade ravioli dough so I came up with a simple solution.  Instead of spending hours making dough from scratch, use wonton wrappers!  By using the wonton wrappers you’re going to get crisp ravioli once baked in the oven.  

You’re also going to save yourself a lot of time instead of having to knead and let dough rise.    To save even more time, you can freeze these for quick weeknight meals. At the bottom of this post I’m including full instructions on how to freeze this Easy Baked Three Cheese Ravioli!
EASY BAKED Three Cheese Ravioli is one of my family's favorite meals! This homemade recipe uses wonton wrappers for the ravioli to make it faster and is filled with ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese! Instructions include how to make and bake immediately or freeze for frozen ravioli.

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Creamy Bok Choy Spaghetti

HEALTHY Creamy Bok Choy Spaghetti made with Parmesan Cheese!   This is a great way to sneak in vegetables for a meal your family will love! This easy recipe only uses 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese and takes under 15 minutes to make!  Sometimes I like adding chicken to it for more protein! 

The garden is filled with bok choy right now.  Every week when we come home from the garden I’m carrying a few pounds of it, thinking of new recipe ideas.    The words “creamy” and “bok choy” dont usually go together but this recipe was such a hit it’s become a staple in our kitchen during bok choy season.

Creamy Bok Choy Spaghetti is a delicious healthy meal that your family will love! It only uses 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese and takes under 15 minutes to make!

You’ll need 12 oz of bok choy for this recipe, either from your garden or a grocery store.  We grow baby bok choy (we use these seeds) in the garden and it’s a wonderful fast growing plant.  Because we pick it when it’s baby sized, you just yank out the entire plant.

I love baby bok choy so we have planted over 90 plants – crazy, I know!  If you end up with lots of bok choy plants at once, don’t worry, it freezes really well!

Creamy Bok Choy Spaghetti is a delicious healthy meal that your family will love! It only uses 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese and takes under 15 minutes to make!

A bonus of this recipe is that even though it’s “creamy” it’s a pretty healthy dish.  I only had to add 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese to create a nice creamy consistency.  That’s the only cheese you need which is pretty good considering lots of other “creamy” dishes are using cups of cheese.    

Also I recommend a skinny noodle, like simple spaghetti, instead of a hollow noodle (example is rigatoni) as it won’t absorb the creaminess as good.   
Creamy Bok Choy Spaghetti is a delicious healthy meal that your family will love! It only uses 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese and takes under 15 minutes to make!

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Leftover Spaghetti Skillet

You’ll never throw away leftover spaghetti again once you make this Leftover Spaghetti Skillet with Tomatoes and Green Peppers! It’s so easy to bring your spaghetti back to life! 

Spaghetti is a tricky. I don’t mean the process of making it, that’s usually easy. The tricky part is figuring out how much spaghetti you have to make.  Have you ever asked your loved ones “How hungry are you?” in hopes they will tell you precisely how hungry they are so you make the exact amount of food.  Usually the answer is “Sorta hungry” or “Very hungry” which both aren’t that helpful.  So into the boiling pot goes the entire box of spaghetti.  9 out of 10 times, there will be spaghetti left, which then goes into a glass storage container into the refrigerator until someone decides they want to eat leftover spaghetti.  Many times, I’m afraid to admit, noone wants to eat that leftover spaghetti and it goes bad.  I hate wasting food.  It’s the worst.   So I set out on how to bring leftover spaghetti back to life, so it wouldn’t go to waste anymore!

You’ll never throw away leftover spaghetti again once you make this Leftover Spaghetti Skillet with Tomatoes and Green Peppers! It’s so easy to bring your spaghetti back to life!

Hack to bring leftover spaghetti back to life:
Put 2 cups of water in a large skillet.  Bring to a boil.  Add leftover spaghetti and cook 30 seconds. Drain water. Serve!
.You’ll never throw away leftover spaghetti again once you make this Leftover Spaghetti Skillet with Tomatoes and Green Peppers! It’s so easy to bring your spaghetti back to life!

Now you’re all done and ready to make this delicious Leftover Spaghetti Skillet with Tomatoes and Green Peppers!  
This dish is quick and easy (it takes 5 minutes to make).   It’s full of  diced tomatoes and fresh green peppers which makes it great for a vegetable filled Winter or Summer meal.    Sometimes in the Winter we can get dragged down by heavy casseroles or soups, but this dish is the opposite of that.   Along with the vegetables, this spaghetti is coated in olive oil and Parmesan cheese which makes you feel like you’re eating a Summer time meal!
You’ll never throw away leftover spaghetti again once you make this Leftover Spaghetti Skillet with Tomatoes and Green Peppers! It’s so easy to bring your spaghetti back to life!

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Simple Pea Pasta

SIMPLE Pea Pasta recipe! This easy and healthy dinner dish uses fresh sugar snap peas and only takes 15 minutes from to start to finish! It’s my favorite Spring and Summer garden recipe! It’s completely vegan too!

Pea Pasta Recipe

There is a strong possibility that while you are reading this I am daydreaming about this pea pasta for dinner. During the Summer time when it’s peak garden season this is our go to dinner that we have a few times a week.  Once we start harvesting sugar snap peas by the pound (right now there’s over 10 pounds worth in my fridge!) then we start to sing “It’s pasta time..”.  
 SIMPLE & HEALTHY Pea Pasta recipe! This easy to make dinner dish uses fresh sugar snap peas and only takes 15 minutes from to start to finish! It's my favorite Spring and Summer garden recipe! It's completely vegan too!

Let’s start at those fresh ingredients, just picked from the garden.  There’s sugar snap peas, chopped lettuce, radishes and one gorgeous tomato.  I counted the roma tomatoes a few days ago and there’s over 200 on the plants ready to turn red. July is going to be tomato time!
Fresh Garden Vegetables

 

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No Boil Rotini Pasta With Plenty of Vegetables

It’s not often that taking photos of a recipe actually takes longer than how long it took me to make the dish!

We’ve been busy with work lately so when we get home we usually want a quick  meal so we can gather in front of the television and watch NBA playoffs (best time of the year, go Cavs, go Nets).  Pasta is a great quick meal but are you ever so hungry that you can’t even wait for the water to boil?    Let me introduce you to Barilla’s Pronto pasta which is one pan, no boil, no drain pasta.   I wasn’t sold on it when I first heard about it – I mean seriously, I didn’t have to boil the water? But after multiple recipes, I’m hooked.  A great tasting pasta dish with fresh vegetables that actually only takes 10 minutes?  Totally sold.  

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Say hello to No Boil Rotini Pasta With Plenty of Vegetables, it’s my new favorite quick dinner recipe. Fact: We had it for dinner last night!  This recipe calls for red peppers, yellow peppers, tomatoes and basil so it’s a fresh harvest meal!  I can’t wait until Summer time when I can pick our peppers and tomatoes from our garden and throw them right in this dish.   This dish is entirely customizable too,  add whatever vegetables you want!  It’s a great dish to clean out that refrigerator!   Never let a pepper go bad, life motto to live by. :D)
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Betty Draper’s Swedish Meatballs Recipe

Betty Draper’s Swedish Meatballs Recipe – classic dish straight from Mad Men!

“Hot or cold? Swedish meatballs or chicken salad” asks Betty Draper when Don comes home late from work one evening.  Don chooses the chicken salad, but in my opinion he misses out. Betty’s Swedish Meatballs are where the magic is at.

If you’re reading this and wondering who Betty Draper or Don it, let me grab you for a quick hug and tell you what you’re missing out on.   The Drapers (or previously were – no spoilers!) are 2 of the main characters on the hit show Mad Men which I’ve been obsessed with since the beginning.   On Sunday night they will air the first episode from the final season – weep weep.   If you’re a Mad Men fan, do you have predictions?  How’s it going to end?  How’s Don going to end up?  Are you rooting for him?  Do you think Don Draper is amazingly sexy no matter what horrible things he does?  Me too, I can’t help it.  Smoking, drinking, overtly sexual, heart breaker, etc. “Don Draper cheats on his wife, never does any housework, hardly spends time with his kids—he shouldn’t be sexy, but he is.”    All the things that your mother told you to stay way from.  Except with Don he chases you in and you’re like “Ok”. Why do you have to be so complicated Mr. Draper?

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Cheesy Taco Ground Beef Casserole

CHEESY Taco Casserole is EASY to make. This simple baked casserole recipe is made with elbow noodles, tomato soup, ground beef and lots of cheddar cheese!  This is a yummy dinner that everyone will love – especially the kids! 

Some people like to say “Taco Tuesday” but I like to say “Tacos Everyday!”.  

Tacos are one of my favorite meals, I can basically eat them every night and never get sick of them.  The thing I love about tacos is you can have them so many ways.  Maybe you’re in a burrito mood, maybe you’re in a hard shell mood, maybe you’re in a salad moon, maybe you’re in a soup mood, maybe you’re in a pepper steak mood, or maybe you want a casserole.  In the case of the casserole, I got you covered.

Say hello to your new favorite dinner, Cheesy Taco Casserole!

CHEESY Taco Casserole is EASY to make. This simple baked casserole recipe is made with elbow noodles, tomato soup, ground beef and lots of cheddar cheese!  This is a yummy dinner that everyone will love - especially the kids! 

This is a good ol comfort meal, perfect after a hard day of work.  In the Winter time, this really warms up my bones in all the right spots.   It has plenty of fresh vegetables (green pepper, tomatoes, jalapeno peppers), along with tomato soup that is going to hold those noodles together and soak up the good stuff.  And that extra cheesy layer on top? Yup, you will fall in love with it.

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